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[dee-kuh n-struhkt] /ˌdi kənˈstrʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle.
Origin of deconstruct
apparently back formation from deconstruction Unabridged
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  • But it doesn't deconstruct to any new interesting proposition.
  • When you deconstruct it to a level of utter submission you realize you've been on an adventure.
  • The goal is to deconstruct, to uncover the hidden, multi-faceted meanings and thereby to reveal the codes of power.
  • At the time, the idea was to deconstruct texts to uncover underlying ideologies.
  • Certainly it would be time-consuming to purchase a paper and deconstruct it to provide info for all of the stages above.
  • Only instead of cooperating to build collections, libraries are now cooperating to deconstruct them.
  • She then spent extra to deconstruct it into pieces and transport it to her property.
  • The historian and the novelist both work to deconstruct the aggregate fictions of their societies.
  • To simulate or to deconstruct, that is the question.
  • However, teachers who work with struggling readers find it helpful to deconstruct the reading process into its component parts.
British Dictionary definitions for deconstruct


verb (transitive)
to apply the theories of deconstruction to (a text, film, etc)
to expose or dismantle the existing structure in (a system, organization, etc)
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Word Origin and History for deconstruct

1973, back-formation from deconstruction. Related: Deconstructed; deconstructing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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